NTN Police Test [Frontline National Exam]: Free Practice & Prep
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What Is the Frontline National Police Test (NTN)?

The FrontLine National (also known as the National Testing Network police test) is the common Law Enforcement entrance exam in 9 states in the USA - Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, or Washington. 

The test is utilized by the National Testing Network (NTN), which is a test provider company that specializes in recruiting and evaluation services of job candidates specializing in public sector jobs and public safety departments. 

If you want to learn more about the different NTN test sections, you can check our experts' guide.


What Are the Frontline Test Sections?

The Frontline National Test is time limited to 2:15 hours and contains three different sections-

  • Human Relations Skills (Video Test)
  • Reading Skills Test
  • Report Writing Skills Test

Human Relations Skills

This is a situational-judgment type of test. You’ll watch 46 video scenarios of actual situations often encountered by Police Officers, all visualized on screen with a 90-minute time limit. You need to select the option that represents the best course of action to take in response to the given situation (in your opinion).

The main competencies assessed are judgment, decision-making, common sense, flexibility, public relations, and teamwork. It is important to remember that you have about 10 seconds per question and the videos will not stop running. 

Reading Skills

In the reading skills exam, You will be shown broken sentences and must choose the right word to complete the sentence. ֿ

Report Writing Skills Test

The Report Writing skills test contains two parts. First, you will be shown a brief situation on video and asked to write a report describing it during a 10 minutes time cape. You will be able to take notes during the video watching and can use these notes to write the report.

Second, you will be requested to use the report you wrote during the first part to answer multiple-choice questions. 


Free Frontline Practice Test

Human Relations Skills Test Sample Question:

Read the following paragraph and decide if officer Jones' behavior was acceptable:

Officer Jones stops a car for a minor violation. She approaches the car, explains the violation to the driver, and asks him for his license and registration. Eventually, she writes him a ticket. After concluding the traffic stop and permitting the driver to continue on his way, the driver asks her if it would be alright for him to take her phone number and ask her out on a date. Officer Jones agrees and hands him her number. 

A. Acceptable. Since the driver was the one who asked her out, there was no inappropriate use of her authority.
B. Acceptable. The non-official interaction took place after the officer issued the citation.
C. Unacceptable. This kind of interaction is unethical and unprofessional.
D. Unacceptable. Officers are not supposed to interact with traffic violators once the traffic stop is complete.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is C. This is a question about ethics. The scenario provides different justifications for a relationship between the officer and the driver – he’s the one who makes the offer, she impartially gave him a ticket, etc. Nonetheless, an officer's interaction with a person he or she has pulled over should be confined to professional duties only. The officer is a uniformed authority figure and the driver could be influenced by this information. Transforming the interaction into anything which is not professional is unethical, as is stated in answer choice C.
Note that response D also claims the officer’s behavior was unacceptable, but the rationalization in this answer choice is less accurate. The emphasis in this question is on ethics and law and the importance of following them without exception.

Reading Skills Sample Question:

Choose the combination of words that is most suitable to fill in the blanks.

The ____ they died out has been a matter of ____ scientific debate.

A. reasson, considerabel
B. reason, considerate
C. reason, considerable
D. reeson, considereble
E. None of these
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is C. The reason they died out has been a matter of considerable scientific debate.

Incorrect Answers- A and D have reason spelled wrong. B is incorrect as considerate is not the same word as conservable.  

Report Writing and Understanding Sample Question:

This report is based on the video scenario you'll watch on the test. after writing the report (based on the video), you'll be asked questions about the scenario:

Officer Green was on duty and had been observing Mr. Parker’s suspicious behavior for approximately 15 minutes when he decided to stop and question him. He called out to Mr. Parker, produced his badge from the front pocket of his uniform, and asked to see his ID. He told him that he wasn't going to show him his ID and asked him why he wanted to see it. Officer Green responded that he wants to know what he was up to. Mr. Parker said he was not up to anything. Officer Green told him that he doesn’t buy it, and asked him what he has in his pocket. Mr. Parker said it was none of his business and started reaching for something inside his jacket, at which point officer Green pulled out his firearm and told Mr. Parker to stand up against the wall and put his hands up. In his back pocket he found a large number of dollar bills, which amounted to twenty thousand USD and in his jacket’s inside pocket officer Green found only his wallet. Officer Green asked Mr. Parker what was he doing with such a large amount of money and Mr. Parker replied he wasn’t going to talk and that he knows his rights. At this point officer, Green read him his Miranda rights and handcuffed him. He then proceeded to take Mr. Parker with him to the police station to be interrogated.

How much money did Officer Green found in Mr.Parker's pocket?

A. 20,000
B. 5,000
C. 100
D. 50
E. None of these
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The Correct Answer is A. Officer Green found on Mr.Parker's back pocket  a large number of dollar bills, which amounted to twenty thousand USD.

 


What Is the Best Way to Prepare for the Frontline Test?

Passing all test sections is crucial to continue to the next phase in the hiring process as a future law enforcement officer. As with most tests, preparing and practicing test simulations and questions are crucial to success in the NTN tests.

Do you want to be fully prepared? That is precisely why we're here!

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Frontline Exam FAQ

What Are the NTN Tests?

Although commonly mistaken to be considered one specific test, the term NTN tests refer to a variant of different tests and assessment processes for different public safety positions provided by the National Testing Network company. The Frontline National Exam is one of the tests NTN provides.

What is a passing NTN Score on the FrontLine test?

You must get a minimum of 65% on the video scenarios and a minimum of 70% on the reading and writing portions. However, it is crucial to aim higher than this minimal score, as it will be factored into the rest of the hiring process.

Can I retake the FrontLine test?

In the event you want to re-take the test, you must wait a minimum of three months to do so. Also please note that your score is kept on file for 12 months from the date you took the test. Once the results are deleted, you must re-start the entire application process anew.

Why are answer time limits 10 seconds?

Well, the 10 second limit is mainly for the National Situational Judgment and Human Relations Video Test section. The test provider has found that 10 seconds is the minimal time needed to make a correct choice because on the job you will have to make quick lifesaving calls.

Do I need prior police experience to pass the test?

The short answer is no. The questions on the test your common sense ability and street smarts. It is less about procedures and more about how quickly you can think and react. The majority of the questions focus on your initial reaction, not long-term solutions. In short, don’t overthink it.

How to prepare for the police academy?
  1. Start working out – For instance, you should get up to about 30 pushups or 40 sit-ups in a minute.
  2. Get mentally fit – mentally ready to take orders – Imagine someone screaming in your ear and you cannot respond.
  3. Don’t be shy – You will need the moral support of friends to help you through training. Make friends on orientation day!
  4. Read up – Knowing the law will not only be helpful on tests but can get you out of sticky situations.
  5. Shoot up – Visit your local shooting range to practice and make you hit the target every time.

 

 

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